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HIV Long Term Survivors: Time to Thrive

Posted: 9-17-19 | Jacob Rostovsky

By Jacob Rostovsky, MA

How do you learn how to live when you spent most of your young adult life thinking you were going to die? This question resonates for many of my gay male identified clients who are HIV long term survivors (HLTS). For someone to be considered an HLTS they must have survived [...]

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Who Helps the Helpers? 8 Tips for Therapists After Client Suicide

Posted: 9-15-19 | Rachel Jones

By Rachel Jones, M.A.

Keywords: Suicide, Grief/Loss, Self-Care

No matter the degree earned or license held, everyone who works in the mental health field shares an important common interest: preventing suicide. Suicide prevention requires a well-rounded approach, including education on risk factors, properly assessing for safety, increasing patients’ protective factors and support, and providing support [...]

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LGBT Aging: Tips for Terminology

Posted: 9-11-19 | Teresa Theophano

By Teresa Theophano, LCSW

For about six years, I have relished my experiences as a queer social worker providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults–often defined as people ages 60+. I am committed to the idea of taking care of our own community members who rarely see their lives and needs [...]

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Trans Women ARE Women

Posted: 8-26-19 | Rachel Jones

By Rachel Jones, MA

NOTE: Throughout this article, I will refer to different gender identities including non-transgender women and transgender women. Every person has a gender identity, which is separate from the sex assigned at birth. Non-transgender or non-trans describes a person whose gender identity is the same as the sex assigned at birth–for example, [...]

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Treating LGBT Older Adults with TLC

Posted: 8-19-19 | Teresa Theophano

By Teresa Theophano, LCSW

National Senior Citizens Day is August 21st, and what better time to talk about how to honor and support older adults? A significant, though frequently overlooked, segment of the aging population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT): at present there are nearly 3 million LGBT adults over age 50 [...]

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How The Gay Trans Male Community Is Redefining Penis Envy

Posted: 7-22-19 | Jacob Rostovsky

By Jacob Rostovsky, MA

Keywords: Gay, Transgender, Penis

For some individuals, to be a transgender male (someone who is assigned female at birth and identifies as male) in this time is hard enough. But when you add in identifying as gay (attracted to men and identifying as male), it can make life even more difficult. [...]

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Why We Need To Pay Attention to Bi/Pan Erasure

Posted: 7-1-19 | Rachel Jones

By Rachel Jones, MA

Keywords: Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer

Anyone between a one and five on the Kinsey Scale—attracted to more than one gender—may self-identify as bisexual, bi+, pansexual, queer, gay, polysexual, fluid, biromantic, or may opt for no labels at all. These identities, sometimes referred to as non-monosexual to illustrate the attraction to more than [...]

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At the Intersection of Fat & Trans

Posted: 6-19-19 | Megan Tucker

By Megan Tucker, PsyD

Keywords: Transgender

I am a fat, queer, able-bodied, neurotypical, white, and cisgender femme person (note: cisgender = my gender is congruent with the gender I was socially assigned). I’m well aware of societal expectations for the way my body should look, to express my gender consistent with white womanhood, and to [...]

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Managing Jealousy in a Polyamorous Relationship

Posted: 6-14-19 | Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LLMFT

Keywords: Polyamory

When people are first introduced to the idea of polyamory, one of the first questions they ask is often about jealousy. How do people in polyamorous relationships manage jealousy? Are they ever jealous? In the vast majority of polyamorous relationships, jealousy does come up at some point. However, [...]

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Six Tips for Starting an LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group In Your Community

Posted: 5-31-19 | Teresa Theophano

Teresa Theophano, LCSW

Keywords: LGBTQ

Are you navigating mental health challenges and seeking kindred spirits? Want some pointers on figuring out how to establish LGBTQ+ peer support in your community? Consider launching a DIY peer support group! Peer support groups entail regularly scheduled sessions in which people with lived experience of mental health conditions gather [...]

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